Privacy Statement

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Rowan County Government (North Carolina) Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Rowan County Government (North Carolina) website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Rowan County Government (North Carolina) also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Rowan County Government (North Carolina). This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Rowan County Government (North Carolina) for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Rowan County Government (North Carolina) Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Rowan County Government (North Carolina) public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Rowan County Government (North Carolina) does not read any of your private online communications.

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Rowan County Government (North Carolina) so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Rowan County Government (North Carolina) is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Rowan County Government (North Carolina) and Rowan County Government (North Carolina) family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) collects and uses your personal information to operate the Rowan County Government (North Carolina) Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Rowan County Government (North Carolina) also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Rowan County Government (North Carolina) and its affiliates. Rowan County Government (North Carolina) may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Rowan County Government (North Carolina) may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Rowan County Government (North Carolina) may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Rowan County Government (North Carolina), and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Rowan County Government (North Carolina), in order to determine what Rowan County Government (North Carolina) services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Rowan County Government (North Carolina) to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Rowan County Government (North Carolina) or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Rowan County Government (North Carolina); and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Rowan County Government (North Carolina), or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Rowan County Government (North Carolina) Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Rowan County Government (North Carolina) pages, or register with Rowan County Government (North Carolina) site or services, a cookie helps Rowan County Government (North Carolina) to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Rowan County Government (North Carolina) Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Rowan County Government (North Carolina) features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Rowan County Government (North Carolina) services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Rowan County Government (North Carolina) secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Rowan County Government (North Carolina) encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Rowan County Government (North Carolina) is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Rowan County Government (North Carolina) welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Rowan County Government (North Carolina) has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Rowan County Government (North Carolina) at John.Shaver@rowancountync.gov. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

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